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Goodman, Edward J

(1836-1921) UK journalist, newspaper editor and author known as a writer of fiction only for Too Curious (1888), about a man capable of seeing the future (see Prediction). [JC]

Whelan, Michael

(1950-    ) American artist. After obtaining a BA in art from San Jose State University in 1973, Whelan began attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles; however, after displaying his artwork at a few sf conventions, he received an offer from Donald A Wollheim to paint covers for DAW Books, inspiring him to leave school and move to New York to work as a professional artist. Some of his early covers clearly reflect the influence of Frank Frazetta, featuring ...

Abramson, Ben

(1898-1955) Lithuanian-born book dealer, book collector, agent, bibliographer and editor, in USA from early childhood. He established the Argus Book Shop in Chicago in 1920, transferring the business to New York, where he was active from 1944 to 1949. Although he does not seem to have been an active participant in early sf Fandom, his interest in the literature of the fantastic in general was initially demonstrated through a Bibliography of "several thousand pieces of scientific fiction", as ...

Anthony, Piers

Working name of US author Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (1934-    ) for all his published work. Born in England, he was educated in the USA and took out US citizenship in 1958, beginning to publish short stories with "Possible to Rue" for Fantastic in April 1963, and for the next decade appearing fairly frequently in the magazines, though he has more and more concentrated on longer forms; early work is fairly represented in Anthonology (coll 1985). He has written large ...

Gentry, Curt

(1931-2014) US author whose Near-Future sf novel, The Last Days of the Late, Great State of California (1968), vividly depicts a San Andreas Fault Disaster, which causes much of California, including Los Angeles, to slide into the sea; some of the book's sidebar Ecological arguments, blaming Man for the destruction of the state, are laboured. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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